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Washington Post columnist Davis Ignatius:
Biden/Harris should not run in 2024!

And So it Begins … Washington Post’s David Ignatius Calls on Joe Biden to Not Run in 2024.
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* Editor’s note: David Ignatius is one of my favorite columnists, too, plus a frequent guest commentator on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Ignatius is one of the most well-reasoned and well-respected writers in Washington, D.C.. As a Democrat who supported Biden in 2020, I totally agree with everything Ignatius said in this morning’s column!

Favorite Biden columnist: He “should not run again in 2024”

Excerpt from Axios via MSN:

President Biden, befitting his generation, loves newspapers and the classic columnists. David Ignatius, Tom Friedman and David Brooks top his list.

Driving the news: Ignatius, 73, a well-wired Washington Post foreign-affairs columnist who writes spy novels on the side, is out with a column (page A23 Wednesday) with the blunt headline: President Biden should not run again in 2024.” [WaPo: President Biden should not run again in 2024]

Why it matters: Biden, 80, still sees himself as a young go-getter. Here’s a respected voice he has known for 40+ years telling him that by plunging ahead, he “risks undoing his greatest achievement — which was stopping Trump.”

“Biden has never been good at saying no,” Ignatius writes, adding that the president has a “chance to say no — to himself, this time — by withdrawing from the 2024 race. It might not be in character for Biden, but it would be a wise choice for the country.”

  • “Time is running out,” the columnist adds. “In a month or so, this decision will be cast in stone. It will be too late for other Democrats, including [Vice President] Harris, to test themselves in primaries and see whether they have the stuff of presidential leadership.”

Ignatius praises Biden for passing “some of the most important domestic legislation in recent decades”:

  • “Biden has in many ways remade himself as president. He is no longer the garrulous glad-hander I met when I first covered Congress more than four decades ago.”

But Biden, the columnist adds, “would be 82 when he began a second term.”


+ The Hill: Washington Post columnist David Ignatius says Biden should not run for reelection

Posted by Steve on September 13, 2023 at 10:14 am | Permalink

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  1. I have always been a proponent of term limits. I am approaching the ripe age of eighty and although I feel young and retain many of my faculties, I know that my reflexes are slower, my vocabulary requires a thesaurus much more frequently, etc. I think it’s time to place an age limit on presidential candidates. Biden should not run for a second term, nor should Trump.

    Comment by Carlos Perez on September 13, 2023 at 1:30 pm

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